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Coorparoo Skin Cancer Centre

Coorparoo Skin Cancer Centre

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Coorparoo Skin Cancer CentreThe Coorparoo Skin Cancer Centre is dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of skin cancer and related skin conditions. Our facility practises exclusively in Skin Cancer Medicine and is staffed by an experienced team of doctors who have all obtained a Masters in Skin Cancer Medicine from The University of Queensland. With over 10 years full-time experience in this field, our doctors are expertly trained in dermoscopy and use state-of-the-art imaging systems for accurate diagnoses. 

Ideally located 10 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, the Coorparoo Skin Cancer Centre provides vital skin cancer services that save lives. We give patients prompt and effective access to screening, diagnosis and treatment all under one roof. Patients face short waiting times thanks to our specially trained doctors and professional support team.

Envisioning a world where nobody dies from skin cancer, we strive every day to provide excellent service to our patients and, most importantly, utmost peace of mind. Queensland has the highest skin cancer rate in the world, and we are here to keep your skin healthy and safe.

The Coorparoo Skin Cancer Centre is part of the National Skin Cancer Centres. We place a strong emphasis on excellence in medical care, which is strengthened by our commitment to research and education.

Vision

A world where
nobody dies 
from skin cancer

Mission

To save lives
through universal access 
to skin cancer 
diagnosis and treatment

Lifestyle

Determined to make a difference
Enthusiastic team
Excellence in delivery
Passionate about saving lives

Our location

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1/148 Chatsworth Rd, Coorparoo QLD 4151
Working Hours: 8:30AM to 6:00PM
Parking Instructions: There is limited free parking on-site behind the building, accessible via Trundle Street. There is also free parking on Trundle Street.

Our team

Dr Francis Tan

NSCC Doctor

Dr Tim Hackett

NSCC Doctor

Dr Wayne Meiklejohn

NSCC Doctor

Trish Belford

Centre nurse

Jamie Munro

Centre nurse

Carmel Meiklejohn

Practice manager

Jani Hillhouse

Medical receptionist

Joan Foote

Medical receptionist

Anne Meiklejohn

Medical receptionist

Our services

Full-body skin examinations

Regular full-body skin examinations are vital for catching cancers before they become serious. Skin exams take about 15 - 30 minutes, and the doctor will start by asking about your skin cancer risk factors and general health. You will need to undress to your underwear. If you wish, we can provide a blanket or gown for you to wear while the doctor inspects your body from head to toe, looking for abnormal moles or spots. We will not examine the genital area unless you have any spots in that region which particularly concern you.

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Lesion analysis with dermoscopy

The doctor will closely examine any unusual spots using a dermatoscope. This close-up perspective helps us assess whether a mole is normal or abnormal. It is a completely painless process that has been proven to increase the rate of skin cancer detection. We may also photograph a few spots to monitor changes over time, as this can be indicative of skin cancer.

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Diagnosis through biopsies

If the doctor finds a suspicious spot that might be skin cancer, a sample of skin will be removed and sent to a pathology lab to be thoroughly examined under a microscope. This is called a biopsy, and it helps confirm whether the suspicious spot is cancerous. The most common biopsy techniques are shave and punch biopsies, which are both done under a local anaesthetic. A shave biopsy involves shaving off the top layer of skin with a small surgical blade, while a punch biopsy uses a tool like a tiny cookie cutter to remove all the layers of skin.

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Skin cancer treatments

The treatment you receive for skin cancer will depend on the type, size and location of the skin cancer, and whether it has spread to other parts of your body. We offer various surgical and non-surgical treatments, including excisions of the tumour and surrounding tissue to ensure all the cancerous cells are entirely removed, curettage which is the method of scraping and burning the skin cancer, cryotherapy which is the method of freezing off the skin cancer with liquid nitrogen, and topical applications of creams that stimulate the immune system and destroy skin cancer.

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Patient education

Your doctor will take the time to explain the whole process, from the skin check to the results of your biopsy, and will give you advice to help prevent future skin cancers. We also supply information materials about self-assessment and the proper application of sunscreen. The National Skin Cancer Centres deliver education programs throughout the community to encourage the early detection of skin cancer. Our mission is to save lives and we do this through regular community talks and information nights for non-medical professionals on skin cancer prevention and detection.

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How we make a difference

Improve access to skin cancer care and reduce the mortality and morbidity of the disease.

Reduce the waiting time for patients to receive efficient diagnosis and treatment.

Provide vital skin cancer care to communities with limited or no access to specialists.

Offer a high-quality referral option to local GPs managing patients outside their scope.

Relieve the public hospital system as most patients cannot afford specialist care.

Save lives by dramatically reducing the delay in diagnosis and treatment.

Our pricing

We are dedicated to providing the best standard of patient care without compromise. Our highly qualified doctors will address your skin health needs promptly and efficiently, and our specially trained support staff will minimise waiting times and ensure your experience is as pleasant as possible.

The Coorparoo Skin Cancer Centre is a mixed billing facility. We offer several payment options, including cash, EFTPOS and credit card. For your convenience, we use Medicare online so your rebate will be refunded promptly. Please ask our staff for more information.

 

Annual skin check and reviews

All patients $62 out of pocket, excluding VA gold card holders.

  • $99.05 payment on the day for a standard consult, with a $37.05 Medicare rebate. If the doctor does anything extra as part of the consultation, there could be a further charge, but patients should still only be out of pocket by $62.

 

Spot checks

For existing patients, brief appointments are bulk-billed for 12 months after their last full-body skin examination.

 

Theatre fees

Theatre fees will vary depending on the complexity of the procedure. Please ask our team for more information. 

 

PDT treatment for skin cancer

  • One skin cancer: $286            

 

PDT treatment for sunspots

  • Full face: $385
  • Vertex: $275                            
  • Nose only: $110
  • Both forearms: $495